Mesothelioma, an Incurable Malignant Cancer
The mesothelioma lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher say that a cancer diagnosis can be traumatic for both the victim and their family. Although there are some instances in which identifying the disease will allow the individual to effectively fight it, in some cases, by the time cancer is diagnosed, it has progressed to a point where it is no longer treatable. One of the most dangerous types of cancer is mesothelioma. This cancer develops slowly and unfortunately, does not show symptoms until it has taken root throughout the body.
Malignant mesothelioma is a highly lethal cancer caused by even brief or minimal asbestos exposure. Many Americans spent years of their lives working and living in close proximity to asbestos without even realizing the danger that they were being exposed to. There is no cure for mesothelioma, which may appear decades after the asbestos exposure.
In 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health announced 21 new cases of mesothelioma, raising the total number of workers (who have been under their observation since the latter part of the 1990s) now affected by this deadly type of cancer to 101. The previously found 80 workers diagnosed with mesothelioma plus these 21 new cases make up only a very small percentage of the 69,000 miners that the said department, with the University of Minnesota, has been observing, though.
Those at greatest risk of developing mesothelioma are those who have been exposed to asbestos. These include, but are not limited to: construction workers; contract workers; factory employees; military personnel and veterans; and, railroad workers.
Asbestos is a heat-resistant and highly elastic mineral that began to be widely used in the U.S. in the 1940s. Asbestos proved to be an excellent component in the production of so many types of products, like generators, hot water pipes, steam pipes, boilers, turbines, insulators, brakes and clutches, gaskets, cement, flooring products, roof shingles, textiles, and many others; thus, due to its remarkable usefulness, its presence has been spread even in homes and offices, exposing everyone to it, though not as dangerously as those in direct contact with its raw form.
Mesothelioma has a very long dormancy period, not manifesting itself (usually) until 40 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. This means that, like those diagnosed in Minnesota, new cases would involve workers who had been exposed to the mineral between 1940 and 1970 and, by the time mesothelioma becomes diagnosable, the cancer would have already developed to a stage wherein it can no longer be cured.